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A Guide to Mental Wellness in Older Age: Recognizing and Overcoming Depression


Geriatric Mental Health Foundation
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1050
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 654-7850
Fax: (301) 654-4137

The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation was established by the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry to raise awareness of psychiatric and mental health disorders affecting the elderly, eliminate the stigma of mental illness and treatment, promote healthy aging strategies, and increase access to quality mental health care for the elderly.

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1050
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 654-7850
Fax: (301) 654-4137

The American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry is a national association representing and serving its members and the field of geriatric psychiatry. It is dedicated to promoting the mental health and well being of older people and improving the care of those with late-life mental disorders. AAGP’s mission is to enhance the knowledge base and standard of practice in geriatric psychiatry through education and research and to advocate for meeting the mental health needs of older Americans.

Administration on Aging (Federal Government)
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 619-0724
Eldercare Locator (to find services for an older person in his or her locality): (800) 677-1116

The Administration on Aging is the federal focal point and advocate agency for older persons and their concerns. AoA works to heighten awareness among other federal agencies, organizations, groups, and the public about the valuable contributions that older Americans make to the nation and alerts them to the needs of vulnerable older people. Through information and referral and outreach efforts at the community level, AoA seeks to educate older people and their caregivers about the benefits and services available to help them.

American Psychiatric Association
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1825
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
Phone: (703) 907-7300

The American Psychiatric Association is a medical specialty society. Its over 35,000 U.S. and international member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (800) 374-2721
Phone: (202) 336-5500
TDD/TTY: (202) 336-6123
APA Help Center:

The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. Its membership includes more than 150,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students. APA works to advance psychology as a science and profession and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare.

Center For Mental Health Services (Federal Government)
P.O. Box 42557
Washington, DC 20015
Phone: (800) 789-2647
TDD: (866) 889-2647
Fax: (301) 984-8796

The Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is charged with leading the national system that delivers mental health services. The goal of this system is to provide the treatment and support services needed by adults with mental disorders and children with serious emotional problems.

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
730 North Franklin Street, Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60610-7224
Phone: (800) 826-3632
Phone: (312) 642-0049
Fax: (312) 642-7243

The DBSA is a patient-directed organization focusing on the most common mental illnesses: depression and bipolar disorder. The organization fosters an understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically based tools and information written for the general public. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments, and discover a cure.

Families for Depression Awareness
300 Fifth Avenue
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: (781) 890-0220
Fax: (781) 487-0009

Families for Depression Awareness helps families understand and cope with unipolar and bipolar depression. The organization offers free brochures, family profiles, resources, and e-mail alerts.

Families USA
1334 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 628-3030
Fax: (202) 347-2417

Families USA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. For more than 20 years, Families USA has worked at the national, state, and community levels to be a voice for health care consumers. Families USA offers publications on Medicare, prescription drugs, and other health care consumer topics.

Family Caregiver Alliance
180 Montgomery Street, Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: (415) 434-3388
Phone: (800) 445-8106
Fax: (415) 434-3508

The Family Caregiver Alliance is a public voice for caregivers, illuminating the daily challenges they face, offering them the assistance they need and deserve, and championing their cause through education, services, research and advocacy. The FCA offers caregiving information and advice, fact sheets and other publications, and discussion groups.

Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression
Wesley Woods Health Center, 4th Floor
1841 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: (404) 728-6302
Fax: (404) 728-6269

The Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression is dedicated to the treatment of depression in older adults through clinical services, community education and research. As a part of the Wesley Woods Center on Aging and Emory Healthcare, the Fuqua Center offers a wide range of services designed to meet the needs of older adults and their families, including online information for patients and caregivers.

The Healthy Caregiver Magazine
12 West Willow Grove Avenue, Suite 190
Philadelphia, PA 19118-3952

The Healthy Caregiver Magazine, available for $18 per year, is an elder care resource tool for family caregivers.

Medicare (Federal Government)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
7500 Security Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850

The Medicare website offers information on Medicare coverage, Medicare enrollment, long-term care, and links to consumer topics including depression.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
Phone: (703) 524-7600
Fax: (703) 524-9094
TDD: (703) 516-7227
Information Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe anxiety disorders, autism and pervasive developmental disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect the brain.

National Depression Screening Day
Screening for Mental Health
One Washington Street, Suite 304
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
Phone: (781) 239-0071
Fax: (781) 431-7447

National Depression Screening Day (NDSD), held each year during Mental Illness Awareness Week, is designed to call attention to the illnesses of depression, manic-depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety on a national level, to educate the public about their symptoms and effective treatments, to offer individuals the opportunity to be screened for the disorders, and to connect those in need of treatment to the mental health care system.

National Family Caregivers Association
10400 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 500
Kensington, MD 20895-3944
Toll Free: (800) 896-3650
Phone: (301) 942-6430
Fax: (301) 942-2302

The National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) supports, empowers, educates, and speaks up for the more than 50 million Americans who care for a chronically ill, aged, or disabled loved one. On its website, NFCA offers tips, guides, fact sheets, newsletters, and resources on caregiving issues.

National Institute for Mental Health (Federal Government)
Office of Communications
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD 20892-9663
Phone: (301) 443-4513
Toll-free: (866) 615-6464
TTY: (301) 443-8431
Fax: (301) 443-4279

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the federal government’s principal biomedical and behavioral research agency. The NIMH mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior.

National Mental Health Association
2001 N. Beauregard Street, 12th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22311
Phone: (703) 684-7722
Fax: (703) 684-5968
Mental Health Resource Center: (800) 969-NMHA
TTY Line: (800) 433-5959

The National Mental Health Association is the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With more than 340 affiliates nationwide, NMHA works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million people with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research, and service.

Older Adults Mental Health Alliance
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
1101 15th Street, NW, Suite 1202
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 467-5730 Ext. 140

The mission of the Older Adults Mental Health Alliance (OACMHA) is to improve the quality of life of older persons affected by mental illness by promoting the development of accessible, affordable and age-appropriate mental health services.

Real Men. Real Depression.
Toll-free: (866) 227-6464

This National Institute of Mental Health campaign provides information on depression in men, the signs and symptoms of depression, available treatment, and help for depression.

Rosalynn Carter Institute
Georgia Southwestern State University
800 Wheatley Street
Americus, GA 31709

The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) was established in 1987 on the campus of Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) in Americus, Georgia. Through research, education, and training, the RCI promotes the mental health and well-being of individuals, families, and professional caregivers; promulgates effective caregiving practices; builds public awareness of caregiving needs; and advances public and social policies that enhance caring communities.

A Guide to Mental Wellness in Older Age: Recognizing and Overcoming Depression

© Geriatric Mental Health Foundation 2004
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1050
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Expert assistance was provided by Lissy F. Jarvik, M.D., Professor Emerita of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California-Los Angeles, School of Medicine; Susan Lieff, M.D., M.Ed., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; and Stephen J. Bartels, M.D., M.S., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School.

The Geriatric Mental Health Foundation grants permission to print, photocopy, and distribute this material. Please cite the Foundation, including the address, phone and website.